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This monobloc filler/capper, dedicated to 4-L steel cans, has enabled ARC-Diversified to meet a spike in demand for its edible o
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ARC upgrades in oil and powder

This supplier to a number of U.S. government feeding programs keeps current where packaging machinery and controls technology are concerned.See video
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ARC upgrades in oil and powder (sidebar)

Upstream from the baggers
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C-TPAT trying to get sea legs

The Department of Homeland Security is pushing adoption of RFID technology for imported shipping containers.
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Thompson Scale: Entry-level checkweigher

Thompson Scale has released newly re-engineered versions of its intermediate and heavy-duty checkweighers, which feature similar physical design and controllers as the originals, but with easier-to-program controls.
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Thompson Scale: Metal detector/in-motion checkweigher

Eriez• combine Eriez’s E-Z Tech metal detection technology with Thompson Scale Co.’s checkweighers• different systems permit cover capacities from .002 lb to 200 lb, with speeds from 40 to 350 units/min• conveyors available in stainless steel, painted mild steel, or with a corrosion-resistant epoxy for harsh environments
IFCO's new returnable plastic containers receive 'color wheel' and bar code labels for asset tracking, though the color wheels c
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IFCO's asset tracking produces results

A digital-based color wheel track-and-trace technology for IFCO’s RPCs brings ‘tremendous’ benefits.
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Robots find a fit in packaging (sidebar)

The Sweet Side of Robotics
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RFID security for shipping containers?

The Department of Homeland Security is pushing adoption of RFID technology via ‘e-seals’ for shipping containers entering the United States.
A dual-scale filling system at Marich Confectionery includes a specially designed indexing conveyor.
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Vegas show spurs equipment buys

Marich Confectionery increases line speeds dramatically with technology found at Pack Expo Las Vegas 2003.
ColorCode color wheel (left) and standard GRAI bar codes are included on IFCO's new returnable plastic containers for asset trac
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IFCO's asset tracking produces results

A digital-based color wheel track-and-trace technology for IFCO’s RPCs brings ‘tremendous’ benefits.
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The wrap-up: Phone cracks the bar code

Technical Research Centre develops and patents a bar-code analysis program that enables a digital camera phone to act as a bar-code reader.
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Kerr Group Inc: Kerr Group Inc: Kerr Group Inc: Contamination detector

Thermo Electron has developed a contamination detection system said to offer the simplicity of a metal detector with the low operating costs of ownership and enhanced detection capability/sensitivity of an X-ray system.
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SleeveCo: Servo equipped automatic sleeve labeler

SleeveCo introduces its Automatic Sleeve Labeler Model 3900. Machine is equipped with a servo motor that gives exact positional feedback. It is currently rated to run 75 bottles/min.
Seven servo drives help coordinate this complex motion.
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Servos and robotics solve pouch-packing challenge

Stand-up pouches in three different sizes are automatically case packed at speeds to 90/min by this 12-axis, servo-controlled, robotic case packing system.
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Filling and retorting (sidebar)

Upstream from the robotic case packing and palletizing operation at Fresenius, pouches are filled and sent through a retort operation. As might be expected, the systems involved are every bit as sophisticated as those responsible for secondary packaging.

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